I wonder what reaction these five individuals (the Christian, the Jew, the Muslim, the Pagan & the alien) would be when staring at one another. Something tells me that the alien would be asked if he (or she) believes in God (or Goddess, for that matter) before anything else. The nerd in me is dying to know what the alien would respond. I also wonder if the alien would think that any of the others is God or call himself God.
Growing up, the common stand regardless of religious beliefs on extraterrestrial life was that there’s no such a thing. It was even considered by many as wrong, devilish or simply ridiculous. Maybe this meant that we’re too proudly stubborn and/or vulgarly selfish to consider the possibility that God could’ve created elsewhere in the cosmos. Then again, we might simply be too scared to have our fragile understanding of reality proven wrong.
Nowadays more people believe in aliens than in God — at least, in the UK.
“More than 33 million U.K. citizens believe in extraterrestrial life, compared to just over 27 million — less than half the country — who believe in God.”
In the US, it seems that we still believe in God more than in aliens
“More than 9 in 10 Americans still say ‘yes’ when asked the basic question ‘Do you believe in God?'; this is down only slightly from the 1940s, when Gallup first asked this question.”
or at least 56% still consider religion as important.
courtesy of Gallup, http://www.gallup.com/poll/1690/religion.aspx
Originally when I started writing this post, I thought most religious beliefs would point at a total rejection to the possibility of alien life.
Although I’m no expert, I see that Judaism is much more open to the possibility of us (humans) having distant cousins perhaps in some Class M planet that we haven’t found yet or cared to study properly.